Revealing The Other Side Of Me On HubPages: How A New Hubber Should Be Treated
Revealing the other side of me on Hub Pages has got to be one of the most complicated reveals that a person can do. Spending 15 months commenting, following, interacting in the forums and writing has taught me lessons on Hub Pages. There are hubbers who are inspirational, full of comedy, will push you to continue your writing and those that just drop into to say hello. There are those who will turn the other cheek when you are a new hubber, hoping for many to join there fan club, but in turn they do not acknowledge your mere existence.
Most of my traffic was from outside sources mainly from Google and Bing. A handful was from the people on Hub Pages who chose to follow me and press me to write more. A few hubbers knew of this experiment and were sworn to secrecy, never revealing what was transpiring. Others did not have a clue what was really going on, the only thing they knew was that I was someone they enjoyed following.
Lessons learned on Hub Pages can be hard and they can also provide you with a look into a new hubbers world. We can tell a new hubber to interact but are we committed to guiding them? We can tell them to comment on other hubbers work, but are we also reading the words that they write? We can tell them to follow other hubbers , but are other hubbers really following them back? How many aspiring writers have given up and gone somewhere else because they have been treated poorly by their own peers?
IN 15 months I was on a very long journey of many lessons as an established hubber with Hub Pages; however no matter what I tried as a new hubber on Hub Pages with a second account the fish were just not biting. There were many new hubbers who followed me that appeared to be separated from the rest of the group. In turn I followed them back and found that they were profound writers' with words to say. They chose to stay away from the forums and write about life, religion, making money, tributes and how-to's . They are some of the best hubbers I have seen on Hub Pages this year. Although I cannot name all 111 of my followers on my other account, what I can say is they are what Hub Pages is about.
Revealing the other side of me on Hub Pages is given those an opportunity to be heard and seen and even though I only wrote 7 hubs on that account I was able to see a new person struggling to get noticed. Why does it have to be so complicated? We are a unique community so there isn't any reason for the struggle. If anyone runs across a new hubber, embrace them. If they ask for you to mentor them do it. If you find they forgot to use spellcheck don't complain about there work, let them know what they can do to improve it. All of us were new to Hub Pages and just because we have been here for awhile does not mean we should not forget our manners. If you find a hub to be offensive, e-mail them and remind them of TOS. If you are flagging something do not go around and brag about it, be an adult and respect the privacy of another. If you are upset with Hub Pages, saying negative things is not necessary all of us get upset at one time or another but instead of being hell bent on letting the world know how you feel, turn it into a positive by remembering why you became a part of the community.
Being a new person was hard work I read , took the bad with the good, had hubbers tell me why Hub Pages was not a great site but yet they continued to write. Does any of that make any sense when a person is new on Hub Pages? Feeling like a duck out of water every-time I wrote was stressful.
What I have learned through this experience is , when a person is new be by there side.. When they e-mail you a question, do not ignore it. Instead of bashing them for becoming involved with the community , respect that they have a fresh opinion. No matter how large your following grows take sometime to stop by and say hello.
To the hubbers who followed me under WhiteOrchids I thank you for being a mentor, making me laugh, making me cry and for reading every little hub that I wrote. Ehern33 for making laugh with his hub, What a way to make a living. I was in stitches when I read that hub it was hilarious or ezzy1512 and his hub Choosing a Stockbroker. Stephensaldana for his knowledge based hubs which are amazing or even Coolmon2009 for her wonderful biographies and Island getaways and Stephane86 for being a beacon of light to new hubbers always supportive and very responsive.
To all of the rest. You are what makes Hub Pages and I hope that all of you continue to strive for what you believe and keep on writing. As for me I will continue to be me and will write as White Orchids for commercial purposes.As easy as it seems handling two accounts can be complicated and trying to be two separate entities is hard especially when you do not wish to be revealed. But the next time a new hubber is reaching out to you, it would be proper etiquette if you reached back and gave them a helping hand.
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